A couple has filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging the doctors and hospital are guilty of malpractice in the treatment of their infant son. The woman gave birth to a premature baby at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center as well as two doctors. The lawsuit alleges that the doctors failed to diagnose and treat a neonatal infection. The infection then spread to the baby’s blood and nervous systems causing irreversible brain damage as well as damage to other vital organs. The lawsuit seeks damages to cover medical expenses as well as compensation for loss of a normal life.
Premature Birth Complications
Premature birth is defined as a birth that occurs more than three weeks before the scheduled due date. Babies who are born early are more likely to suffer from a variety of premature birth complications. Some of the most common problems include breathing and lung problems, heart problems, problems with the brain, issues with the ability to control their temperatures, and gastrointestinal problems. These and other problems may be short or long term. Not all preemie babies have issues. Those infants with higher birth weights and those born closest to their due dates are less likely to have serious conditions. Since premature babies are at a high risk, doctors must take special care in diagnosing and treating complications.
Neonatal infections are serious infections that must be diagnosed and treated quickly. Neonatal sepsis is an infection that occurs during the first 28 days after birth. Sepsis is a dangerous infection that may be found in just one organ or it may spread throughout the body, affecting multiple organs and the blood. Premature babies may be more susceptible to infections because their immune system is not yet fully developed. If the infection is caught early it can be treated and the consequences may be minor. If the infection is not properly diagnosed, as this case alleges, the infant may suffer irreversible catastrophic injuries. In this case, the child has suffered a brain injury and will be unable to lead a normal life.
Doctors and medical staff are required to provide proper diagnosis and treatment of patients. They are expected to know important details that impact medical conditions. In this situation, the lawsuit states that the doctor failed to diagnose and treat the problem, causing the infant serious harm. The child will require ongoing medical care and the lawsuit seeks to recover more than $50,000 for damages. When a doctor does not use proper care during treatment or fails to provide the correct diagnosis, the behavior may be negligent.
Help for Medical Malpractice Cases
If your child was seriously harmed due to a doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. When parents deliver their baby they expect nothing but the best possible treatment for their child. In this tragic situation, the child’s condition will not improve over time and unfortunately he will require care for the rest of his life. While no amount of money can reverse the injury, it is important to seek money to cover the medical treatment and care expenses that will likely be astronomical over the life of the child. When your infant suffered an injury at birth contact the compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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